Entrepreneur Success Stories By Join Up Dots, Motivation, Leadership, & Business Coaching To Start Your Online Careers

Most of the time on Join Up Dots I write the intros to the show, by researching many different resources to get a flavour of what the guest is all about.

And then every once in a while a guest comes along who basically writes their own intro, and this is what happened today

I checked her "about page" and saw the following, and thought wow how can I top that.....so in her own words

"In the past twelve years I have had to deal with more than a healthy helping  of “are you kidding me?” moments.

In 2002, I hit rock bottom. It was so bad I  lovingly refer to it as a year of “shock and awfulness.” That year my father died,  my mother was in the hospital, semi-comatose from grief, and my husband of  22 years lost every penny of our money BEFORE running off to Arizona with  his girlfriend, who just happened to be a former stripper.

That was just the beginning.

I spent the next decade struggling with loss and challenges on every  front, from finances and family to health and career.

While there were many bounces up and down over the years, I have finally  bounced back and it was well worth the effort. I’m now happily remarried,  employed and have published my second book. I even have children on three  continents and a granddaughter far too far away!!"

Now that is a movie in the making if I ever saw one.

So what is it about todays guest that has managed to find the strength and desire to pull herself back in such a spectacular way?

And why is her book called "My Pineapples Went To Houston"??  I can't wait for the reason behind that.

So let's not wait any longer, and start joining up dots with the one and only Lee Gaitan

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Todays show is going to be different from the majority of the Join Up Dots shows that have been delivered to the world so far.

But in many ways it has the same traits too.

Strength, courage, openness, persistence, creativity and love are in abundance on this show.

Todays guest has experienced something that so many people have endured in their desire to start their own families....miscarriage.

Along with his wife, Kristine and his three children Elise, Charis and Clare, he made the bold decision to instead of pretending it never happened, and to speak about it in hushed tones, he would embrace the fact. He would keep the children that he had lost alive within the fabric of his family.

He wrote the amazingly powerful book "Letters To My Unborn Children" where he not only writes letters to the children he lost, but explains from the heart how he felt from hearing the words "You are going to be a dad" to walking away from another terrible heartache.

Three times he has dealt with something so personal and heart-breaking that you wouldn't wish it on anyone, anywhere

This is a moving book, that shows that fathers are as much a part of the process of grieving and healing, and need the same support as mothers, but for some reason do not get the same aftercare.

So how did he manage to write something, that even in the first few chapters that I read I struggled to go on with feeling the upset and distress that he has been through?

And was the book well received by everyone, or does the world need to hide away from these things?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start Joining Up Dots with the one and only Shawn Collins.

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Todays guest entrepreneur is quite remarkable, and its not just me that says that, but also thousands of people who he has presented to over the last few years.

He is a professional speaker, and record breaking businessman, author and someone who focuses in on Business mastery and also has the "come on guys you can do the impossible you just have to start taking action" vibe nailed down too.

He can help us all get the champion mind-set and build the strength and courage to tackle the "impossible" head on.

We can build lives that give us the freedom to experience what we could only dream about.

But his life didn't start in such a positive way, as at fourteen years old he was hit head-on by a drunk driver while riding his bicycle.

The neurosurgeon said, “If he survives the night, he will be a vegetable for the rest of his life.”

And certainly the diagnosis looked accurate, as he was in a coma for four days, in casts and rehabilitation for a year, and suffered problematic effects lasting many years.

After the accident, life was a cycle of ups-and-downs until he learned the tools and strategies he teaches today.

He started his professional career as a carpenter and exceled with woodcraft, and then created his first business at age 24, when he entered into the residential contracting and real estate investment business.

But it wasn't until after a divorce whilst still a young man, did his life really start to find traction and he began to fire sparks across the world.

In 2011, he decided he wanted to do something amazing.

He wanted to make a difference.

He wanted to leave his mark.

He wanted success.

So from a casual runner, in just nine months he went to running 2,621 miles across America joining the ranks of the most elite ultra-runners in the world.

For 100 consecutive days, he ran a marathon distance, and then gave an inspirational keynote speech to at-risk groups and donated 10,000 of his books "Dream Big Act Big" to the audiences he met.

He ran into New York city waving a huge American flag, surrounded by hundreds of runners, and entered the record books.

And since then he has continued to provide inspiration to everyone that he meets, undertaking many challenges that so many people would look at as daunting and undoable.

So what is it about the world today that sees the challenge too big to even start taking action on?

And was there a moment when he realised that he had the mental strength to tackle anything?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only freedom fighting, america running Croix Sather.

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Todays guest has been on a path for over 45 years, which so many people across the world will be able to resonate with.

She was a binge eater.

Finding huge comfort and them ultimate distress in her relationship with food.

For 45 years, she went through the yo-yo dieting/binge cycle time after time.

Her weight would balloon 40 or 50 pounds, and then she would diet to try recapture her body, depriving herself of all the foods she enjoyed.

She was trapped and didn't know how to escape from the lifestyle that was anything but a happy one.

She suffered the shame, guilt and embarrassment of feeling out of control that every binge eater feels, wondering what was wrong with her and what others must think of her as they watched her gain the weight back over and over.

But now as the creator of the "magic zone" system where she teaches people how to eat what they want in moderation, never feeling deprived and never feeling compelled to binge, she hasn't binged once.

And with her online platform Peaceful Eater and her best selling book  Stop Binge Eating and Start Living Again she seems to have found her place in life.

So was she always a lady that even a child had a relationship with food that wasn't conducive to peace of mind and healthy living?

And does she find that people struggle more and more with eating disorders as the media increase their focus on beauty and gorgeous celebrities?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Julie Latz.

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Todays guest is a lady who can call herself a true lady of the globe.

Coming originally from Denmark, she grew up in the Scandinavian countryside clambering around the hills and fjords happily, until moving to Paris for three years to live in the capital of romance and culture.

But now she calls the UK home and has been living in London since 1996.

Yep, we have adopted her as one our own.

And she has appeared to flourish whilst living in London, as her career went from strength to strength, as she worked hard on a career in Human Resources for companies such as Morgan Stanley, Citigroup and Shell.

But it is ok to have a career that is on the ascendency , well actually it's a great thing, but when you have a career that is going well, but you want to do your own thing, then it can feel quite differently.

And our guest knew that her path was going to change

She had always wanted to start her own career change consultancy, so in 2005 did just that, and quit her well paid job to go it alone.

She walked away from the consistent monthly salary, and started flexing her hustle muscle on a daily basis.

And now as she says on her business site "I have a knack for quickly connecting with people and drawing them out thereby helping them understand how they can translate their unique personality, skills and interests into a career or business on their terms.

Combining my experience of career coaching over 500 clients, 8 years+ of owning my own business and a background in HR, I can offer you the practical know-how, motivation and confidence to actually make your career change or business idea happen!"

So lets find out how this Scandinavian lady came to leave the glorious Danish countryside, to live in the English Capital?

And does she see a need for more and more assistance to be offered to wannabe entrepreneurs nowadays, than compared to when she started back in 2005?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Rikke Hansen.

 

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Todays guest is a lady who has been on a journey of success, failure, struggles and self discovery

For years, she suffered from a long list of physical, emotional, and financial problems.

After giving away all her possessions, an extended spiritual journey connected her to the deeper parts of herself that led her to everything she needed to find health, well-being, and peace of mind.

In the 1980s, she thought she was on the way to financial security as she rapidly built a wholesale, retail, and mail order business to the point where she was grossing over $30,000 a month.

 Sounds good doesn't it, but her lack of business and financial skills led to her downfall—and bankruptcy.

But although a dark period of her life, she knew that she lacked the knowledge to prevent this happening, so studied everything she could to ensure it would happen again

She set out on the path of learning everything she could about business and financial management.

This knowledge allowed her to flourish as an entrepreneur while sharing what she had learned with others.

But there is so much more to her story, than we can cover in a short introduction like this.

So how did she create this online success, when quite openly admitting that she didn't have the knowledge to be a business success?

And where does she see the common issues that others encounter as they start there entrepreneurial leaps?

Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Joan Sotkin.

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Todays guest is a lady who from her home in Ellensburg, Washington, is driving the wannabe entrepreneurs and the ones who have already taken the leap to greatness.

She will help us find our paths, focus in on our perfect avatars, and create businesses that are perfect for ourselves.

She knows what to do and can share the gold, to ease the way for others.

But don’t think for a moment that this show is about a lady who was born to do the right things at the right time.

This is a lady who has hustled her way to success, by taking on many roles, seemingly unrelated to do the thing she loves.

She has been a proper cowgirl working on a ranch, been a seller of sex toys (don’t put those on your Xmas lists Kids), started her own cleaning company, even though she hates cleaning, and taught Irish Dancing to children.

The whole vibe is perfect for a show like Join Up Dots, where you look at the list and the only thing you can think from the outsiders view is “Well I guess no experience is wasted”

As she says on her business site “I don’t believe in jumping out of an airplane that works and any water meant for swimming or soaking should be at least 90 degrees. Past that I’m open to trying pretty much anything. This has filled my life with some pretty amazing experiences and I’ve met some incredible people. I feel blessed everyday for everything I have and even for the bumps in the road – I believe those have big lessons for us.”

Well I also believe in not jumping out of an airplane, so we have got something in common already.

But how does this business lady find something in all these seemingly unconnected roles that have lit the fuel for greatness.

And if she could go back to one of these roles, leaving the position where she is today, would she?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start Joining Up Dots with the one and only Tara Truax

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Todays guest is a man who kindly had me on his amazing show “The Business Of Marriage”  back in November 2014, and such a good time we had, well I just had to reciprocate to bring him on my own.

He is a man who has so many things going on his life that quite simply he could be classed a man married to his job, but actually his job is to bring work and marriage together.

He looks for the happy point where he can work hard, enjoy himself, but also keep his marriage to his beloved wife Shannon ticking along better than most.

And instead of keeping this secret to himself, and feeling content that he has managed to do something that so many people struggle with he helps others to do the same.

Since January 2006, he has coached mentored and supported individuals and companies across America to work harder than they thought possible to reconnect, communicate at a deeper level, and support their other halves.

And when it comes to the entrepreneurs of  the world, who quite often focus more on their business to create the income that they want than spending quality time with their special ones.

As he says “The fastest way to increase your financial income in your business and your emotional income in your personal life is by strengthening your relationship capitol. “

So did he ever go in an opposing direction to where he is now, and fall into the trap that brings so many couples to their knees.

And what is the key mistakes that people make when they start to build a new life for themselves?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots the one and only Mr Dino Watt.

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Todays guest on Join Up Dots is a lady with a fascinating but harrowing tale that could affect most of us during our lives.

She is a lady who has been forced to deal with an illness that is unseen, hard to diagnose for the majority of people, not least the patient, and one that can bring a family to their knees …..Mental Illness.

When our guest was a young lady at high school, she watched her mother’s dreams disintegrate around her, and unable to cope with the disappointment, her Mother picked up the bottle and descended into alcoholism, whilst she descended into her first bout with depression.

I suppose that is acceptable, and a perfectly reasonable response to seeing a love one in such distress and unable to reach out and help them as much as you would like.

However these feelings got worse and worse, until a few years later things got so bad that she couldn’t see a future and attempted suicide.

Fortunately, it didn’t work, and no matter how hard she battled to get her life back together, but attending and then dropping out of University, it was a battle that looked like she wasn’t going to win.

 It wasn’t until after she married her husband Wade, that her problems escalated to a point where she stopped going out, stopped eating, started throwing out the groceries, and stopped showering.

Danger seemed to lurk everywhere and strangers in the shadows seemed to pose a threat.

Her husband did everything he could to prevent potential break-ins and to ease her fears.

She says in her own words “At that time I didn’t know I was sick. It is a scary thought that I was so sick but I was completely unaware. “

Now as a speaker, author and owner of her own company bringing to the fore the subject of Mental Illness and Recovery, she is a lady on a mission.

And a mission that many fail to grasp they are in need of until hearing her powerful story first hand.

So how did she find a path that is so inspiring, from a position of total despair.

And, did she find the writing of her book Being Mentally Healthy (in spite of a mental iIlness) a challenge or a cathartic experience?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Elizabeth Anderson.

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Todays guest is a man who when it comes to building cash flow and attracting wealth into your life is at the top of his game and has been for over 40 years.

Many people who are experienced with growth techniques will focus in one demographic: individuals, small business, organisations and job done.

What makes our guest sought after to spread his message on TV and Radio across the globe, is that he has been able to change the monetary positions of all those groups and more.

He has the ability to change mind-set, encourage people to believe that they can make money and most importantly enjoy themselves whilst doing it.

He has since 1977 written over 18 books including Business books, manuals and audio programs, include ‘Debt Free with Financial Kung Fu’, ‘Talk & Grow Rich’, ‘Turbo Success’, The Eureka! Enigma and ‘Escape From Where I Am’,

But how has he escaped from where he was, and how has he balanced his love of making money with his love of spending money on the things that light him up inside, such as his passion for fast cars, motorcycles and speedboats.

Even going as far as attempting to smash the motorbike land speed world record back in 2009, which stood at  360mph.

Yep on his super fast motorbike he set out to go over 400mph and become the worlds fastest man on a bike.

This is going to be a fascinating discussion about belief, courage, persistence and I’m sure more than a bit of luck

But where did he come from? Where did life begin for this passionate and inspirational Britain?

And has he seen a trait that holds most people back from belief in a world of financial abundance and enjoyment?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Ron G Holland

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Todays guest entrepreneur is a lady who is inspired to take bold action everyday to inspire everyone that she meets, to want to take action too.

Do the scary things that hold us back from greatness?

Find the freedom to challenge the status quo, and find better ways to live for not just yourself, but the communities around you?

Accept diversity as the magic that makes this planet the wonderful and fascinating place that we live.

She brings 10+ years in Student Affairs, 5+ years of national consulting work, and 2+ years of stand up comedy into her life everyday as part of her mission to inspire change, dismantle oppression, and recognize our privilege.

Through teaching, writing and facilitating tough conversations, she has figured out how to create a lifestyle which allows her to be the change she wants to be, and is now ready to teach others how to do the same.

So when did she realise that there was a need in her to stand up and state "I am social justice" which just happens to the name of her blog too!

And does she see a changing in opinions and attitudes throughout the world, as we look to accept who we are and more importantly who others are too?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only US entrepreneur Jessica Pettitt.

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Todays guest is a man who has been looking at what makes high performing teams in the corporate world for over 25 years.

Is it the leaders that bring everything together, or is it just the combined sum of all the parts that make a team that hums like a well tuned engine?

Can we build teams that go off like a rocket from the start, or is it a slowly, slowly approach that builds the effectiveness that companies are looking for the world over?

Well through his on hands study through working for Transworld Systems for nearly 30 years he has built up ideas of the right way to go about it, which he has presented to the world in his well received books "Full Contact Leadership" and ""What Exceptional Leaders Know" co-authored with Tracy Spears.

The books are littered with practical advice and real life examples of the way to go to be seen as a leader that people will want to work for.

So did he start his studies into leadership early, or did he like many of us realise that certain people he was working under were simply not up to the job?

And can he see a change in the way that leadership is seen and taught now compared to when he started his career back in the mid eighties?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Wally Schmader.

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It is super to have todays guest on the inspirational Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots podcast show, as he is quite simply the nearest to a real life superman that I have ever spoken to.

He is a man on a mission, and it is a mission that will take him around the world and inspire the world at the same time.

Starting in April 2015 and finishing in January 2020, he is going to try to complete a record-breaking 7 Continents Round the World Cycle ride, whilst wearing a superman costume?

You can only imagine how sore parts of his body are going to be on this epic adventure!

Starting his career as a teacher, he always had the motivation to jump onto his bike and see the world. Never content to just relax and go with the flow.

His cycling adventures actually started way back in 2011, when he cycled 4,000km from his home in Tooting to Turkey, raising over £5,000 for charity but this was literally just a "Hey honey I'm just going for a ride on the bike for awhile!" kind of trip in comparison.

Now he is working his way up to the kind of fitness, to tackle head on this amazing trip and on the way aim to raise £100,000 towards the World Cancer Research Fund and Parkinson’s UK.

But like so many inspiring tales of achievement and extreme effort that we hear on Join Up Dots, more often than not its the smaller ripples that make for lasting change in the world.

Our guest teaches year one children at Brandlehow Primary School in Putney, and is also the Healthy Schools Coordinator for his school.

He said: “I’ve got my own super cycling club that I run after school. And its great to see the kids get excited about cycling; one girl said that she wants to cycle to Egypt when she’s older so I’m hoping to inspire them to go on their own adventure.”

I'm sure he is going to do just that too.

So what is it about cycling freedom that so appeals, as it is renown as being one of the hardest form of long distance endurance?

And how has he managed to get so much time away from school, he can't go with the "Oh its a teacher training day" after all?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, the Super cycling man himself, Mr Will Hodson.

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Todays guest is a lady who has huge motivation to try to battle the many obstacles in her life to become who she is today.

As a child she was diagnosed with heart disease, and then later in her twenties discovered that she was suffering from ulcers too.

But as we find time and time again on Join Up Dots, the things that life throws at us more often than not are the clues to how we should be living in our later years.

The ability to overcome these things is the practice we need to then help others find the same solutions to their own personal issues.

Which our guest has done, and now shares her knowledge of the best stress management practices through her books and her keynote presentations.

Work hard, but work even harder at keeping yourself in peak fitness.

She swims at least a mile day...including a solid half mile of butterflies, and has run several marathons over the years too.

Mind and body coming together to propel us all on to great success.

But this focus is just one aspect of her that has taken her to the top.

As with an interest in languages, a passion in travel, and a keen interest in the cultural differences that make up the globes different approaches to management, she has pulled together an impressive body of work which is sought after throughout America and the world

She is an entrepreneur, author, award-winning photographer, classical pianist, Mandarin speaking business lady and of course an active swimmer?

But where did she start to feel the motivation that her path had started to come together in the direction that she wanted?

And does she feel that her health issues as I mentioned were a key part to becoming who she is today?

Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only entrepreneur Dr Janelle Barlow.

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Todays guest solopreneur joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired career podcast interview, is a lady who as soon as I heard about her daily hustle and drive to achieve a dream not just for herself, but for eight complete strangers then I knew I had to have her on the show.

She is the creator of the My Million To One programme whereby she is on a mission to raise one million pounds to provide housing for eight disabled children that she first met when volunteering in Africa.

She was asked to help whilst volunteering in the area and quickly approached a couple of local charities who agreed to help by adopting the children and providing them a home on the proviso that she found money every year to pay for the children’s home.

Seems simple?

Well throw into the mix money for all their needs, education and rehabilitation costs – and guarantee that the money would be provided for their lifetimes then it seems daunting to say the least..

So… she challenged herself to raise £1million – enough to build the orphanage itself and then enough money to sit in a bank, so the centre can survive off the interest payments.

Now that might sound easy, find a couple of phone numbers for millionaires and job done.

But our guest has gone a different route, and has aimed to find one million people who will be willing to donate £1 each.

Yep, that’s it.

I would guess that all of us listening to this show will have a lose pound in our pocket to donate to this worthwhile cause.

As she says” “Giving these kids a home for life means everything to me and I don’t see any better way to make their dream of a home come true than by making your dreams come true along the way.  I think there’s something beautiful about a ‘dream swap’ where everyone wins and it’s a wholly positive experience for everyone involved.  It also honours the kids too. They’re not victims… They’d like to know that they’ve helped you too and been empowered in that way.”

What an amazing thing to say!

So how did this lady come to find herself in Africa volunteering in the first place?

And has she found finding one million people harder than she imagined when she started the charity?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Alana Hurd.

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Todays guest joining us on the Steve Jobs motivation packed podcast Join Up Dots is a man who can answer a lot of the bug questions that we have when building an online career.

He believes that entrepreneurship should be easier than most of us make it, which is why so many people go looking for the get rich quick scheme.

So, have you ever realized that there was a way of life on offer that meant you could link up some buttons on a webpage, target some traffic and wait for money to roll in?

I'm sure you have, but getting it to work is a totally different matter altogether.

Well todays guest is one of those men that doesn't just make it work, he can share the knowledge that he has built up since around 2004, with companies, organisations and individuals that are looking to harness the power of the worldwide web.

He started playing around with online courses, and information products at first and after a modest start to milking the cash cow, studied in earnest the practices and psychology that had made the guys he worshipped very rich indeed.

He had found his passion in life, which has continued to grow stronger after every success he has experienced.

But our guest wasn't just fascinated with the cash, but also had a deep interest gained from his father to the words of Zig Ziglar, Jim Rohn and Naploean Hill. to name just three.

He bathed in the words of these men, and was fasinacted with the deep insight they all shared as to what made us tick, and do the things that we do.

Our guest knew that if he could bring together both interests into a workable, manageable platform then he would be rocking and rolling, and he could make money literally as he sleeped.

And that is what he has done, and now with his online show "The Tropical Entrepreneur" show, running alongside his online ventures, he has created a life that is location independent.

He can literally up stick from his home in Thailand and take his job with him.

But what was it about the world of online marketing that so excited him as a youngster?

And where does he feel that so many people make mistakes when they start to build a business online?

Well let's find out as we bring onto the show,  to start joining up dots with the one and only freedom loving expert Mr Josh Denning.

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Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the inspirational Steve jobs inspired Join Up Dots, was kind enough to have me as a guest on his amazing new online show "You Leading You" awhile back, and it was clear in the conversation that we are almost the same person.

We have such similar backgrounds, inspirations, talents, that we are almost brothers separated by a vast expanse of water called the Atlantic.

He has been a corporate guy for many years, and has worked at climbing up the ladder of career success, rung by rung, and like so many got to a position when he realised that he didn't like the climb.

He didn't like the fact that he was climbing a ladder, which at anytime could be pushed over, and leave him plummeting downwards.

So he took action, imperfect action which is always the best, and started taking control of his life.

This is a great tale of persistence, with many dots that show how he went from being homeless to an inspirational coach, speaker and host of a super popular podcast....with a heartattack being thrown into the mix too.

So how did he take the decision that was required to start building a life under his own terms?

And why did one conversation with a boss, that he didn't see eye to eye with, literally throw paraffin onto the passions that were simmering deep within him.

Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only brother from another mother....Mr Sean Ackerman

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Podcast: You Leading You: Conversations of Leadership and success with Business Pros, Entrepreneurs and Just Plain Folks!

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Overcoming adversity has been a skill I’ve had since pre-conception. As my parents were told they would never have children, I fought my way into this world and have persevered, bringing success in whatever I put my mind to. After 30 years in business management, from small privately-owned companies to large corporate organizations, and I’ve had some amazing accomplishments. In 2011, it all came crashing down as my family and I found ourselves homeless after Hurricane Irene. Losing most everything we owned, we came back and persevered to put our lives back together. This was the catalyst for You Leading You, my mission, to share my experience and knowledge to help other leaders learn and grow. To find their own success and happiness. To lead themselves to their dreams. Today I share the message through the show, You Leading You, with insightful lessons from amazing leaders sharing their stories of success.

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We all say that we want freedom to travel, but how many of us truly have the motivation to do just that?

Perhaps you wanted to travel the world, see amazing sights and experience new cultures but thought "Man what would I do with the kids?"

Well I know that I have, and I guess mentally I have set my stall out for when they all grow up and leave home, and then straight on a airplane I'll go.

But does it have to be that way?

Do you have to wait until everything seems perfect in your life, or do you just need to show a passion and a commitment to the task?

Well todays guest entrepreneur is a lady who decided in 2007 that she would visit every country on earth, and has currently visited 36 and five continents.

Planning her work carefully to allow for months of travel each year, as soon as the kids are in school, she leaves them with her beloved nanny, packs her bags and sets off alone to start conversations with total strangers, and the collection of unforgettable memories.

As she says "I am a dreamer and a doer. I am passionate about living life to the full and empowering others to do the same. I wear many hats; i am a writer, mother, entrepreneur, philanthropist and a ‘modern Marco Polo’.

And now as the 230th guest on Join Up Dots she can add interviewee to her titles too.

So without further a do, its with great delight that I bring onto the show to start joining up dots, the lady with the longest name I have ever seen, Princess Umul Hatiyya Ibrahim Mahama.

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Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired business podcast is a man who looks like he is having a great time earning an income, building a business and helping start-ups across the globe to become successful.

And he seems to be playing to his authentic self, which really is when things start coming together at a rate of knots too.

As he says on his blog" I ams the author of the #18 Amazon best-selling book, Design for Hackers: Reverse-Engineering Beauty.

And prior to writing Design for Hackers, I founded the Design departments at two Silicon Valley startups, and freelanced for clients such as oDesk, PBworks, and UserVoice.

I also launched numerous other careers and projects on my own, none of which failed hard enough to be worthy of mention in this bio."

But although an amusingly self-depreciating summary of his adult working-life, he has found the career success that so many people are searching for travelling the world, speaking about design and entrepreneurship, and mentoring startups, including those at 500 Startups.

And if that doesn't sound good enough he also has the ability to choose to pop down to South America  for a couple of months, when it gets too cold in his home in Chicago.

Which sounds great if you can do it.

So how has he managed to find the motivation and inspiration to have the fun in a life which for so many is just hard slog?

And what it is about startups that excites him so much?

Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, the one and only super entrepreneur himself Mr David Kadavy

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Todays guest is a lady working in the northern town of Harrogate in the UK, who is the founder of "The Career Farm", where she inspires people across the globe to not look for a career, but instead grow one.

You see career farm, growing...yep it all makes sense.

She doesn't believe that people are proactive enough in the way they go about earning a living,  with the standard response to most people being the "Well it's a job isn't it" kind of response.

She feels that we should be planning our development in the same way as a farmer plans what crops they will sow for maximum yield.

We should be sowing the seeds that will help us reap bountiful rewards later on in our careers.

She started her career as a Chartered Surveyor before re-training as a career coach, but in 1999 found her entrepreneurial spirit when she founded her  first company, focusing on the supply of careers services and information products to Business Schools across the UK and Europe.

But in June 2012 as her business grew more successful, her belief that there was more to offer the world, and of course more to come from herself led her to selling her stake in the company and creating the "Career Farm."

And it looks like she was right to do so, as with her well received book "If not now, when? How to take charge of your career", her top ranked podcast "Mission Driven Entrepreneurs" , and  myriad of other things helping people to feel fulfilled in their careers, she is certainly busier than ever.

But when did she realise that people needed to grow their careers, and being true to herself was she always growing her own?

And where does she see the biggest challenegs facing the working population nowadays?

Well let's find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots, the one and only Jane Barrett

Direct download: 228-Jane-Barrett.mp3
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Todays guest is a man who has an amazing story from a farm in South Africa to Scotland before settling in the United Kingdom.

And it seems like so many people who appear on the show, his journey began on a path that was closely linked to family responsibilities and the childhood that he came to feel was normal.

His Father ran a sugar cane farm in South Africa, and upon passing away when our guest was just 14 lead to the first dot in our guests Join Up Dots timeline.

Should he allow the farm to be handed over to a new buyer, or run the farm himself to keep it in the family?

But was running a sugar cane farm the true  passion in his life or simply the right thing to do.

Well whatever the case he made the decision to go to an agricultural college for his last three years of school as part of his preparation for farming, and after fulfilling his compulsory military duties, five years later became a farmer.

But that is just the start of his journey, and with further stops via the windy and cold city of Aberdeen in Scotland, and a tennis club in the South of England he found something that he loves doing and is very good at.

Building online businesses he has helped thousands of people increase their online profits from a few hundred to thousands of pounds a month using a number of time tested internet business models.

He is the go to resource for passive income that works whilst you are asleep.

So does he look back at his time as a sugar cane farmer as a lucky escape, or does he regret making the decision to move on?

And what is it about entrepreneurial ventures that excites him on a daily basis?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots, the one and only Mr Anthony Robert.

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Todays guest  is a professional speaker and author who helps introverts lead with quiet confidence.  She shows the no shouter, quiet types that they can hold their own in the business world and lead by example

Her bestselling books, The Introverted Leader: Building on Your Quiet Strength, Quiet Influence and the Introvert’s Guide to Making a Difference have sold over 60,000 copies and been translated into eleven languages.

Her 35-year journey to become an expert on introverts included jobs as an elementary school counselor, university administrator, federal government program director, and career coach.

She has deepened her knowledge and appreciation for introverts through her work as a learning and development professional working inside leading organizations such as GE, AT&T, NASA , the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam, and the CDC, where she became committed to championing quieter people, by helping organizations recognize and value them, and by helping them step confidently into leadership roles.

She is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), granted to only 8% of the National Speaker’s Association even though she attended her first National Speakers Association convention in San Diego just seven years ago.

She has been hooked on NSA ever since.

But that isn't all as also being a wife, and mother of two daughters she will have al the same issues and time restraints that family places on us all.

So how does she manage to deliver such high quality work, for such varied organisations?

And if she had to choose what element of her work gives her most satisfaction and enjoyment, speaking, writing, or seeing an introvert blossom into a leader of note which would she go for?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Jennifer Kahnweiler.

 

Direct download: 226-Jennifer-Khanweiler.mp3
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If you are an entrepreneur, businessman or just someone who is looking to impress then todays guest is the go to lady if you are a guy who likes to look good, but hasn't got the first idea how to pull it off.

Or perhaps you are the kind of guy that has a style thing going on, but you are looking for a bit of quick inspiration instead of traipsing around the shops on a weekend.

Combining the best of fashion, food, travel and fitness, all from the perspective of a female, guys across the world have at their fingertips the perfect guide to help them have it all.

As she says "I want my readers to have it all. The swagger, the girl, the great meal, the adventure. All of it."

But although the platform is going from strength to strength, her journey started about as far as possible away from the heady world of online fashion advice as possible.

Starting her career back in 2001 in a customer relations position for Bumble and bumble a fast-growing, luxury hair care brand located in NYC, she then went into Government affairs for three years, before doing a myriad of positions that filled time more than exploded her passions.

In fact it wasn't until performing a favour to a friend by starting Style Girlfriend, did it then turn into a syndicated national newspaper column, and later as a men’s style blog, and as they say the rest is history.

So what does she think is the number one mistake that men make when throwing on something each morning?

Picking it off the floor where they left it the night before, or something far more serious?

And what is her fascination with 70's movie star Steve McQueen?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, the one and only Style girlfriend herself, Megan Collins

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Todays guest is the founder and CEO of the Piper's Dojo, the number one place to go for all your bagpipe needs.

He learned the pipes at age 8 from his father, Bruce, who sent his interested son on to the great Donald Lindsay for lessons by the time he was 9.

Through Donald, our guest had the opportunity to meet and study with amazing world famous piping greats.

Though only in his early 30's, he is already known as perhaps one of the top bagpipers in North America.

But its not just playing these iconic instruments where he has come into his own as his compositions were featured on more than one World-Championship-Winning performance.

He is the author of the "Bagpipe as an Extension of your Self tutor", which has inspired countless pipers to learn and re-learn the pipes.

He has a passion for developing true expression in players, based on their own thoughts and ideas.

But what was it about these instruments that so ignited his passions as a small child, away from the standard piano and guitars that most children pick up.

And what does his neighbours think when he gets the urge to practice during the wee small hours?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Andrew Douglas.

Direct download: 224-Andrew_Douglas.mp3
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Todays guest is a lady that for many years was part of the education system.

She has spent her time working as a high school library teacher in Massachusetts, before making the leap to go the entrepreneurial route.

And of course throughout that time would have seen literally hundreds of children come and go.

Some that their peer group would have said would have been destined for greatness, and others that would have been classed as a lost cause.

Others that struggled and batted to gain an education, whilst others just drifted through the system and still came out with best grades.

Is it down to the system, the kids, or the home life that brings about such different results?

Well she has a combined approach of improving how we teach people. Finding the methods that will allow children to learn difficult stuff that their brains are not just suited for.

And also helping to bring about order and calm in the home, when everyday seems exactly the same as the day before, and most of it is a whirlwind of running from one practice or rehearsal or meeting to another, with no real communication or connection among family members.

But is this not just how life is? Do we not all simply have to go through the period of having our life spiral out of control due to the requirements of our children?

And now with appearances on TV, Radio and the online word she is the go to expert to help us reclaim our lives and improve the lives of our children

So lets find out what made her step out on her own and be such a success so quickly, as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Deborah Owen

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Todays guest entrepreneur. joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired business podcast is a lady with more energy, than the most energised person you can think off.

Yep, think of the person you know the most who runs, leaps, and bounds out of bed earlier than anyone, and they will look like a couch potato compared to this lady.

In the last few years she has completed the 3 Peaks Challenge, Adventure racing in Borneo, Cycled London to Paris in 24 hours, Cycled London to Amsterdam in 48 hours, Completed The 3 Peaks Cycle Challenge (cycling 430 miles and climbing the 3 highest peaks in the UK) in 3 days, Learnt how to become an alpine mountaineer, Climbed Mont Blanc

And that is just some of the things that has challenged and pushed her onwards to greater and greater successes in her life.

The different careers that she has built has led to a lifestyle a freedom and success.

I got tired just reading the list out.

But like most of us that end up doing amazing things, her life going into the adult working life was anything but remarkable.

During college she performed many various tasks within an office environment and due to her boundless enthusiasm and passions for the tasks, moved through the ranks quickly impressing everyone that she met, wherever she worked.

Focusing her talents on culture building, start-ups, marketing and being the best that she can be, she thrived in the corporate world.

But it was when she moved away from the world of the grey suits, that she has expanded her impressive resume of doing the things least expected and doing them better than most

As she says "I believe that it is through challenging ourselves that we stretch our limits, break down barriers and realise we can achieve far more than we think. We raise the bar of what we expect from ourselves, develop confidence, resilience and drive and go out to achieve more across all areas of life. This is what has happened to me and I’m on a mission to give you the inspiration and tools to be the very best you can be and get the most out of your life."

So how did she manage to overcome the fears that hold so many of us back as we look to having rich and fulfilling experiences in our lives?

And how has she managed to become so supremely fit, in so many different areas, and still keep on having the passion for more?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, the one and only fitness entrepreneur Sophie Radcliffe.

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Todays guest is a man who in many ways is on a similar path as myself, he wants to change the world of the baby boomers.

He wants to inspire the world to learn from the struggles and success of others, and take control of their own lives.

Do things that they love and lead a spectacular life.

As he says "I found it difficult to live a spectacular life while working for someone else. For the better part of 20 years, I worked in the hedge fund industry and wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. I met some great people who remain friends to this day, and I met some really smart people. The problem was that I was helping build someone else’s dream (as the saying goes, if you’re not building your dream, someone else will happily hire you to help build theirs)."

And that is a huge problem, which for many never occurs but also for many causes them to struggle their way to a future that this 100% theirs. No boss. No time restraints. But their own dream existence.

In looking at ways to create his spectacular life, he noticed a lot of people (often in their 20’s and 30’s) living the kind of life he wanted to live.

A common factor seemed to be they engaged in some form of online commerce by selling a product, service or information.

So he began investigating ways he could build an online business while continuing to work in the hedge fund industry.

And in a matter of a few years, he transitioned from working for someone else to creating strong online presences for his various business ventures.

He quickly learned what a powerful tool an online business can be in creating a spectacular life.

And now with his top ranked podcast, coaching programmes, webinars and eagerness to help everyone that he comes into contact with, he is well on his way.

But what ws it about his experienced in corporate that he wouldn't trade for anything?

And where is his dream now, as everything he has been working towards starts coming together to give home the spectacular life?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, the one and only Charlie Poznek

Direct download: 221-Charlie-Poznek.mp3
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220: Brandee Sweesy: An Entrepreneur Born To Screw It Just Do It

Todays guest, joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast interview, is Brandee Sweesy, a lady who is the perfect one to hangout with...and although you maybe thinking that would be in a bar or pub, she likes to do it via Google.

To be honest she might like bars and pubs too, but her expertise in Google Hangouts is taking her to the top and becoming the go to lady to find out how to make the most of this resource.

Starting her career down in the heart of the Florida Keys at Marathon, Brandee Sweesy worked at the Jet Center creating contracts for pilots to use the facilities.

And this is one of those brilliant Join Up Dots stories as her career seems almost random as she moved towards where she is today.

But we see it time and time again, that its the myriad of experiences that help someone find their path in life and get to the top.

And with a history encompassing real estate, Marketing, Public Relations, training and Event Planning she learnt the skills to go it alone and become an entrepreneur through all those roles.

And when she did create her own company teaching the world about Google Hangouts, well Brandee Sweesy has never looked back.

But did she always have the outgoing and passionate personality that made her such a natural in front of the cameras, or did she start to realise her passion when working as a trainer for Fred Pryor Seminars?

And what was it about Google Hangouts that made her say "This is it....this is where my future lies?"

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs with the one and only Brandee Sweesy

 

Direct download: 220-Brandee-Sweesy.mp3
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219: Michelle DeSpain: An Entrepreneur Showing Us How To Bloom Brighter Each Day

Todays guest, joining us on the Join Up Dots Free podcast interview, is Michelle DeSpain, a remarkable lady who over the last few years has been on quite a journey. 

As she mentions a few times on her blog The LateBloomerRevolution it would make a pretty good rom- com chick flick.

She was in a rut. Her life was not really going anywhere, and one day bled into another. And one month lead into a year.

It was the kind of existence that so many of us allow to happen.

We have dreams as kids. We have passions as young adults. But hit the real world as adults,  when we should be able to grasp the fact that dreams are good and its up to us to take action and we lose all sense of it.

We slip into a weird kind of daydreaming state.

Her biggest dreams – becoming a critically-acclaimed actress and a best-selling author – had been abandoned for more “realistic” endeavours. 

And Mr. Right was a no-show too.

Then the big 40 hit, and she assessed her life and realised that she had to start creating the perfect ending to her movie.

She started doing things her way.

She created the Diary of a Late Bloomer and stretched herself, to launch a 365 day project within the blog called “The Year of Living Curiously”.  

Each day for a year, she lived one curious and soul-scinitillating mini-adventure and blogged about it.

She had started to direct the ending of the film the way that she wanted it to look, and she hasn't looked back since

So what was it about hitting 40 that made such amazing difference to her outlook?

And would she now wish that she had got going and shifted into gear alot earlier?

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs in todays Free podcast, with the one and only Michelle DeSpain

 

Direct download: 219-Michelle-De-Spain.mp3
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218: Matt Ham: An Author Born To Help Us Redefine Rich

Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Mr Matt Hamm, the author of the book “Redefine Rich A New Perspective On The Good Life”, who believes that we really need to look at what path we are on to achieve our goals.

Are we looking to earn a million pounds per month, and suffer burn out, anguish, failure of our relationships and other similar issues.

Or do we take a close look at the true riches that we in the main ignore: Good health, happiness, rewarding relationships, Security, and spending more quality time with the ones that we love.

Is there a deeper, more complex meaning of this commonly misused word; rich?

Well our guest was certainly on the standard corporate path, starting as an insurance agent with Farm Bureau Insurance in 2008 and was recognized as a “Top Rookie Agent” in 2009, and has  consistently been recognized as “Best of the Best”, earning the designation as “Honor Agent” in 2013; an award given to the top three agents in his state of North Carolina.

He currently manages over 800 clients and nearly $3 million dollars in insurance premium, and with his three boys and wife Liz, alongside the writing, presenting, training for Ironman competitions and inspiring everyone who comes in contact with him, how does he define his own wealth?

Well as he says in his own words “After chasing the world’s version of richness in my own life, I found myself empty. Regardless of my material well-being or my financial prowess, I felt a longing for more. Truthfully, I lived a life rooted in comparison; I was trapped in what I call, The Good-Life Crisis. Life was good, but then again, it wasn’t.”

So is he someone who talks the talk, but actually is on the conveyor belt like the rest of us?

Or does he have ways of operating that can give him everything that he wasn’t in life, when its right for him?

Has he become truly rich. The kind of rich that has a powerful effect on our well being.

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs in todays Free podcast, with the one and only Mr Matt Ham

Todays guest is the author of the book "Redefine Rich A New Perspective On The Good Life", who believes that we really need to look at what path we are on to achieve our goals.

Are we looking to earn a million pounds per month, and suffer burn out, anguish, failure of our relationships and other similar issues.

Or do we take a close look at the true riches that we in the main ignore: Good health, happiness, rewarding relationships, Security, and spending more quality time with the ones that we love.

Is there a deeper, more complex meaning of this commonly misused word; rich?

Well our guest was certainly on the standard corporate path, starting as an insurance agent with Farm Bureau Insurance in 2008 and was recognized as a "Top Rookie Agent" in 2009, and has  consistently been recognized as "Best of the Best", earning the designation as "Honor Agent" in 2013; an award given to the top three agents in his state of North Carolina.

He currently manages over 800 clients and nearly $3 million dollars in insurance premium, and with his three boys and wife Liz, alongside the writing, presenting, training for Ironman competitions and inspiring everyone who comes in contact with him, how does he define his own wealth?

Well as he says in his own words "After chasing the world’s version of richness in my own life, I found myself empty. Regardless of my material well-being or my financial prowess, I felt a longing for more. Truthfully, I lived a life rooted in comparison; I was trapped in what I call, The Good-Life Crisis. Life was good, but then again, it wasn’t."

So is he someone who talks the talk, but actually is on the conveyor belt like the rest of us?

Or does he have ways of operating that can give him everything that he wasn't in life, when its right for him?

Has he become truly rich. The kind of rich that has a powerful effect on our well being.

Well lets find out was we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Matt Ham

Direct download: 218-Matt-Ham.mp3
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217: Nikki Pett: A Lady That Shows Us How To Be Human Everyday

Todays guest on the show is a lady who is an author,  speaker,  passionate trainer and philanthropist and believes that the way to a flourishing business is by working as hard as she can on the relationship building side of things.

And believe me she really works hard on the bit that so many people forget about nowadays the offline personal touch, writing anywhere from 1000 to 2000 personal notes a year.

If you have a great relationship with people, not only will they trust you, but they will tell their friends about you too seems to be the order of the day..

She has been in the promotions industry since 2000, going on to establish her own company in 2002 when she realized that there was a definite gap in the industry.

She didn't see that the training that was being provided to companies across America was achieving the results that she would have expected.

She called it “hit and run mentality” training and knew when she published the bestselling book Relationship ROI that she had to teach companies to make the most of what they already had.

Sure go looking for new sales leads, but for god sake do everything you can with the customers you already have.

Nurture the relationship, build the trust, and make sure that they don't want to go anywhere else

But can you take these same strategies into your personal lives, and build better and stronger relationships with partners, friends and colleagues?

Can you look at gaining ROI in whatever field you focus your energies in?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, the one and only Nikki Pett

Direct download: 217-Nikki-Pett.mp3
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